It’s September. Summer in the northern hemisphere is coming to an end. Going outside of your home is still somewhat unusual. And the year has been chaotic with politics, the pandemic, and civil activism. Our emotions are running high—we should probably stop right there in describing 2020.

However, as with many things, rarely will you find a full understanding on the surface of a situation. It’s the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” During this chaotic time, we’ve reduced carbon emissions, consumption of soda is down, and bike riding has increased. These changes may not compare to the significance of other events. They do, however, make up part of the story of 2020.

And so it is with the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management. The dots have been published as some may say. And I challenge you to look through the placement of the dot to get the full story. Find out why—to Gartner—a leader really is a leader. Or what a niche vendor is focused on.

To help you, here are a few thoughts you may consider as you evaluate vendor placement in the UEM Magic Quadrant:

  • First, this is easy. Read the vendor cautions before anything else to quickly determine if a vendor’s weak in an area that you need strength. For example, if you need co-management capabilities, and a vendor doesn’t offer solutions to manage traditional devices, you can quickly assume you’ll need to pay for a point solution to augment the vendor’s capabilities.
  • Second, on the heels of our previous tip, the Magic Quadrant report recommends buying for the needs you are solving for today. Evaluating vendors—with your needs as of today in mind—will quickly let you determine who will make your short-list of potential solutions, or if you already have the best solution for your IT needs.
  • Third, consider the report a snapshot in time. The timeframe from product evaluation to release of the report always spans a few months. In some cases, vendors have already released additional product updates, or have even launched new products that support their UEM solutions, which would not be included in the evaluation.

This year Ivanti continues as a challenger in the Magic Quadrant. And we’ll discuss this more in a future post. In the meantime, as you look through the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management, I hope you’ll take a deeper look, and find the best solution for you and your IT team.

Happy evaluating!

P.S. Since the Gartner UEM Magic Quadrant evaluation, we launched Ivanti Neurons. See what the future of endpoint management looks like today!

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